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Subtle Energy Overview

This short article provides basic info on energy awareness that hopefully inspires more questions than it answers!


Historical Perspective

Although many people speak of subtle energy as a “new age” phenomena, actually, awareness of life-force energy is part of every historical tradition. There are as many different names as there are different cultures. Called akasha or prana in Hindu tradition, chi or qi in Asian philosophy, Huaka in the Inca writings, Baraka in Sufi teachings, and Orgon, etheric field, Factor-X and Life-force field in western traditions. In fact, every culture in the world has experienced and named subtle energy. Most have also developed one or more systems to organize and interact with it.


The organization of energy into systems and structures is a construct that allows us to perceive and interact within this domain. Constructs, however, change. New information, deeper levels of awareness, and the evolution of our energy bodies to meet changing times all alter how our energy template and structures are organized. However, the consistency of descriptions of energy anatomy across so many varied cultures is a testament to the validity of energy awareness.



Subtle energy is essentially an electromagnetic phenomenon displaying both currents of energy and a radiant filed, such as is seen with the movement of electric charges and energy field of a magnet. The frequency of subtle energy is currently outside of our technological ability to measure, just as radio waves and microwaves once were. The effects, however, like those of Dark matter and Dark Energy, can be felt.


At its essence, subtle energy is a carrier wave for information in the form of different frequencies, or speeds of vibration. Subtle energy is the medium through which consciousness manifests.(1) When the information it carries organizes, animates and motivates the physical world, we call it life-force. In and of itself, subtle energy is not positive or negative. It is a natural force that carries information that imbues matter with life.


Using frequency to code information on energy carrier waves is a foundational concept in nature and in the technology revolution of the last 30 years. For example, the body transmits information along nerves through the vibration of negatively charged ions (2), and molecular vibration is part of cell signaling (3). In the same vein, cell phone signals are transmitted on microwaves, and radios transmit sound on radio waves. Technology mimics nature as science develops through the discovery of natural laws.


To Summarize from The Path of Emotions, subtle energy:

  • Is an organizational force that forms the energetic matrix for matter.

  • Transmits information in the form of frequency.

  • Is the medium of consciousness. 

  • Is life force that promotes health, well-being and vitality.

  • Is both a particle (substance) and wave (force), producing both an energy current and an energy field.

  •  Transmits information about the world around us that the body receives through identifiable structures and translates into emotions, physical sensations, gut reactions, instinctive responses, and intuition.

  • Is used for healing, thought transmission, remote viewing and other so-called paranormal abilities.


Perceiving Subtle Energy

The body receives subtle energy information the same way it receives information from light and sound. Just as light frequency is received through the eyes and translated into visible information in the brain, and sound frequency is received through the ears and translated into audible signals, the body receives subtle energy information through specific structures where it is translated into mental, emotional, and physical experiences.


The flow of subtle energy is essential to life, nourishing and vitalizing the body to promote health and well-being. Receiving this flow provides the foundation of body wisdom and forms our innate intelligence. Learning how to consciously interact with subtle energy connects us to our innate wisdom, transmits our intent into the world, and stimulates health.



Energy Structures in the Human Body
While light, sound, smell, taste, and touch have physical organs associated with them, subtle energy does not. There are, however, energy structures that receive, synthesize, and transmit life-force. They are the aura, chakras and meridians. 


In brief, we are each surrounded by an electromagnetic energy field called an aura. At the physiological level, the aura has seven layers corresponding to seven different frequencies. The layers exchange information between our inner world and outer surroundings. Each layer carries a different frequency which means it receives and transmits different types of information. The seven layers of the aura connect with energy centers that permeate the body called chakras.


There are seven main physio-energetic chakras located in the torso and head. They are aligned between the base of the spine and the crown of the head. Information from each layer of the aura is synthesized by a specific chakra and stepped down in vibration until it can be converted into biological frequency. The information is then sent as frequency through the nervous and endocrine systems to create emotions, body sensations, instincts and inner knowing. The information is also sent through the meridian system to inform and nourish every cell. The flow of information is a two-way highway. At the same time that the chakras receive information from the aura, they transmit our thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs into your aura to be broadcast to the external world. The broadcast is reflected as our Presence.


As humans evolve, energy structures that support and serve our development evolve as well. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, stated that human energy systems today are very different from what they were thousands of years ago and very different from what they will be years from now.  Many believe we are in a transitional time in history and rapid evolution is taking place precipitating unprecedented changes in our energy structures. Therefore, systems and models are in flux. Many people are noticing this as discomfort in the physical body.


Benefits of Energy Awareness (excerpt From The Path of Emotions)


Paying attention to subtle energy brings unconscious awareness into the realm of conscious choice. Information we receive can:

  • Warn of danger.

  • Assist in decision making.

  • Help us discern other people’s agendas.

  • Improve intimacy.

  • Illuminate our limiting beliefs and hidden fears.

  • Helps us see our path and purpose

  • Help us see underlying connections between people and events.

  • Increase synchronicity.

  • Improve our ability to adjust to changing frequency.

 Energy awareness also promotes a deeper spirituality in which we can:

  • Achieve heightened states of being and altered states of awareness.

  • Access our innate connection to Nature, inner wisdom, and higher beings.

  • Feel frequency shifts associated with change.

  • Stimulate healing energy.

  • Develop inner abilities such as communicating with deceased individuals, precognition, and telepathy.

  • Improve our ability to manifest positive life conditions.

  • Experience our spiritual essence.

Most importantly, energy awareness increases our Presence to create positive change in the world.


For more information on chakras and soul development, energy awareness, and healing, sign up for the online Energy Basics 101 course. Also see the Opening to Spirit Section of this site.






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